In this installment of our Double Play series, our two, thirty-minute programs cover advancing diversity and understanding implicit bias. Why should you care about diversity and inclusion? This program gives you four good reasons why you should -- your company's culture, internal clients, legal talent, and performance of your team -- and offers advice on things you can start doing today to advance diversity and inclusion in your law department and company. We all have implicit biases, and these biases pose a challenge to our efforts to improve diversity and eliminate discrimination in the legal profession. This program identifies the most common ways implicit bias can affect the hiring, advancement and performance of lawyers, and provides practical guidance on what steps you can take to "de-bias" your company.
BJ Trach, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP, Boston, MA
Jean F. Kuei, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Washington, D.C. & San Francisco, CA
BJ, a member of Latham & Watkins' Executive Committee, represents companies and individuals facing securities fraud allegations, shareholder derivative suits, consumer class actions, products liability and mass tort claims, as well as criminal and civil government investigations. He has successfully defended organizations in a range of industries, including healthcare, life sciences, technology, and retail, against high-stakes claims brought by shareholders, customers, community stakeholders, and government agencies. He also conducts internal investigations, often in advance of litigation or enforcement. BJ previously served as Global Chair of Latham’s Diversity Leadership Committee. He represents indigent defendants pro bono in federal criminal proceedings as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the District of Massachusetts. BJ is a former Assistant US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. He has also previously served as a member of the Massachusetts Ethics Commission and as a board member of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association. He received his JD from Harvard Law School.
Jean is a bi-coastal labor and employment attorney who partners with employers to craft creative solutions to workplace disputes. Jean advises clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies across a wide array of industries, with an emphasis on the financial services, retail and automobile industries. Jean is not only a tenacious litigator, but a highly-skilled negotiator, who has earned the respect of her clients and opponents alike. Her work covers a broad range of labor and employment cases from single-plaintiff retaliation, discrimination and harassment matters to multi-plaintiff wage and hour class actions. Jean also regularly advises employers on breach of contract, trade secrets, unfair competition and ADA accessibility issues.